Jewish Journal

  • There’s No Denying Him: Only Iranian Jewish Holocaust Survivor

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 7:47 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    In August 1939, Menashe Ezrapour could have escaped the horrors of the Holocaust by boarding a train in the French city of Grenoble, but instead, he chose to stay, ultimately becoming the only known Shoah survivor of Iranian Jewish descent interned in... read on

  • Through Her Lens: Shelley Gazin Honors the Vibrancy of Persian Jewish Social Landscape

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 7:24 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    November 2006

    You have probably seen her at many local Iranian Jewish gatherings around town or even at parties with one or two cameras in hand shooting everything around her. She’s not your typical hired photographer, but American Jewish artist Shelley... read on

  • Exclusive Interview: Lila Yomtoob, First Iranian Jewish Emmy Winner

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 7:15 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    September 2006

    This past August the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored an array of actors, directors, producers, and creative artists for their work on various television programs that aired this past year. Lila Yomtoob, a 30-something Iranian Jewish... read on

  • Forget JDate, Matchmaker Helps Jewish Angelenos Find Love

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 7:07 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    He’s not your typical yenta, and he’s certainly not JDate.com, but 70-year-old Asher Aramnia spends every Sunday afternoon working the phones at his Los Angeles office to make national and international love connections for Jewish singles of different... read on

  • Having found success in U.S., Iranian Jews Turn To Showbiz

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 6:46 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    The generation of Persian Jews who escaped Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution with their parents and traded a fearful existence for lives in New York and Los Angeles are now emerging in the entertainment industry.
    Whether it’s producing... read on

  • Exclusive Interview: Iranian Jewish Actress Bahar Soomekh

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 6:09 pm

    By Karmel Melamed
    January 2006

    While the Iranian Jewish community has countless renowned doctors, attorneys and other professionals to point to with admiration, the very talented Bahar Soomekh has become the first and so far only Iranian Jewish actress to have achieved substantial... read on

  • Iranian Colored Band Report Discredited

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2007 | 6:00 pm

    By Karmel Melamed

    When the renowned exiled Iranian journalist Amir Taheri reported in a Canadian newspaper last week that Iran had just passed a law requiring Jews to wear yellow bands on their clothing, the world reacted with shock. The story, which also outlined required... read on

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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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